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Zahid case: Housewife signed blank cheques as told by husband

Zahid faces 47 charges on bribery, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.

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KUALA LUMPUR — June 17, 2020: She was a co-founder of a company and was also a director but in court today Kamarunisah Ahmad Shah sounded all the way like an obedient and loyal housewife who had complete faith in whatever her husband asked her to do.

Kamarunisah was a witness in the trial involving former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and told prosecutor Harris Ong that she knew very little about the company and merely did what her husband Omar Ali Abdullah told her to do, among which was to sign blank cheques without first knowing the amount or recipient.

She recalled being shocked when her husband issued a cheque for RM4.5 million but was not aware the company in question, Ekareas Sdn. Bhd., had also issued 16 cheques to law firm Lewis & Co. over four years ago.

Lewis & Co. is a trustee for Yayasan Akalbudi, from which Zahid is accused of misappropriating funds.

Each time Kamarunisah signed a blank cheque her husband would then inform her the amount and recipient’s name because the bank would call her for verification.

When asked about Zahid, the housewife said this: “I only know Zahid as a politician… every year I went to his house in Kajang for Hari Raya.”

Zahid is charged with 47 counts of criminal breach of trust, bribery and money laundering involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

The trial continues tomorrow before High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.

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